Working with CLDP

Advisors

CLDP welcomes expressions of interest from experts willing to volunteer their time for legal CLDP programs. CLDP works with experts from U.S. federal agencies, multilateral organizations, members of academia, and private sector firms. Although CLDP provides reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses related to our programs, we have a very limited budget to cover the costs of consulting fees. If you are interested in serving as an advisor for CLDP, please submit an email to cldp@doc.gov detailing your area of expertise. At times, paid advisor opportunities are also advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site (www.fbo.gov). These can be found by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box.

Internships

If you are looking for a legal internship that will allow you to work in an international legal environment and handle a variety of legal issues, then CLDP may be just the place for you. CLDP welcomes legal interns to work alongside our international teams to do research and analysis and write legal reports that identify the current opportunities for CLDP to effect international reforms and document the activities of the CLDP teams around the globe.

Our legal interns work with the respective regional teams that currently focus on improving commercial legal environments worldwide. In order to be an intern with CLDP, you must be a self-motivated individual with strong writing skills. Proficiency in the language of a country in which CLDP presently works is a definite plus. If you are interested in working with CLDP in this capacity, please send a resume via e-mail with a cover letter outlining your interests to cldp@doc.gov. Please be sure to write INTERNSHIP in the subject line.

Career positions

When positions with CLDP become available, they are advertised and posted on the USA Jobs web site. These can be viewed by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box. In order to apply, an applicant must log into the site and follow the specific instructions outlined there to apply for the position.

Both recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys may apply for our attorney positions when they become available. In order to be eligible, an applicant must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and active bar membership (in any U.S. jurisdiction) in addition to meeting the requirements of the specific position. Fluency in a foreign language that is pertinent to the mission of the particular team gives a strong advantage, as well as having hands-on experience in the particular country or region that the position will handle.

There are also several non-attorney positions that work alongside and support CLDP’s mission. Our International Program Specialists assist the senior counsels and attorney-advisors with the development and implementation of technical assistance activities. This includes identifying and incorporating key strategic, substantive, and procedural considerations into the design and execution of programs and events, researching specific assistance topics, and recruiting, selecting and preparing expert advisors and trainers. Our administrative staff handles all of the logistical needs for each CLDP program. This includes coordinating the travel and event logistics necessary for successful programs.

For information about the current makeup and expertise of the present CLDP staff, please visit our staff bios page.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

CLDP in Action

December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community.